Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Stilbia Stephens

Adults. Head smooth. Eyes glabrous; not ciliated. Antennae of males ciliate.

Wingspan 29–36 mm. The thorax coloured like the forewings, the abdomen like the hindwings. Forewings faintly purplish, slate grey in the male, darker, purplish-fuscous to blackish in the smaller female; purplish marked or tinged; complexly patterned (with lines and short streaks); the patterning rather obscure; reniform defined; orbicular defined; claviform undefined. Hindwings whitish to whitish-fuscous, or fuscous; plain to terminally darkened; without a clear discal mark; without transverse lines; exhibiting vein 5. Vein 5 of the hindwings weak; arising nearer to vein 6 than to vein 4. Thorax slightly crested (posteriorly). Middle tibiae without spines. Posterior tibiae without spines; with appressed scales. Abdomen not crested.

Living adults found August and September.

Larvae, pupae. Larvae feeding on grasses (exclusively).

British representation. 1 species; South-east England, Central-southern England, South-west England, English Midlands, Northern England, Southern Scotland, Northern Scotland, Wales, and Ireland (local); anomala (The Anomalous).


Illustrations. • Stilbia anomalata (The Anomalous): B. Ent. 631. • Stilbia anomalata: B. Ent. 631, legend+text. • Stilbia anomalata: B. Ent. 631, text cont.. • S. anomala (The Anomalous), and 14 related genera. • Amphipyrinae (Photedes, Stilbia, Apamea, Spodoptera): Kirby.

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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. Insects of Britain and Ireland: the genera of Lepidoptera-Noctuidae. Version: 8th June 2016.’.